Natriuretic Peptides and Their Chimerics in Hypertension (Aims 1 and 2)


Rochester, Minn.

Trial status:

Open for Enrollment

Why is this study being done?

Hypertension remains a global burden in cardiovascular disease leading to stroke, myocardial infarction, and heart failure. Its myocardial complications result from increased mechanical load on the heart. Under physiological conditions of increased myocardial load and resulting myocardial stretch, atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) synthesis and secretion occur contributing to maintenance of optimal cardiorenal and blood pressure homeostasis. However, studies indicate that in subjects with cardiovascular diseases the biological structure of these hormones may be altered, thus reducing their favorable protective activities. New studies indicate that early and moderate hypertension is associated with a derangement of the natriuretic peptide system which is characterized by the lack of activation of biologically active ANP and BNP, while severe hypertension is characterized by cardiac release of altered molecular forms of ANP and BNP that have reduced biological properties and/or enhanced degradation. The broad objective of proposal is to advance the biology and therapeutics of the natriuretic peptides (NPs) with a special focus on the cardiac peptide BNP in human hypertension. Our proposal is based upon the biological properties of BNP (i.e., natriuretic, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone suppressing, vasodilating, anti-fibrotic, anti-hypertrophic and positive lusitropic), its mechanistic role in human hypertension, and thus its potential as an innovative chronic protein therapeutic to enhance the treatment of patients with uncontrolled and or resistant hypertension. Importantly, BNP is an endocrine hormone normally produced by the human heart, and its use as therapeutic agent has been approved in USA for more than a decade and has been proven to be safe.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion criteria: Subjects with resistant hypertension as defined by the Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 7) guidelines, systolic blood pressure and/or diastolic blood pressure > 140/90 mm Hg. For patients with hypertension and diabetes or renal disease, blood pressure > 130/80 mm Hg despite treatment with diuretic, sympathetic depressant and vasodilators. Medications may include a three drug regimen including: - diuretic at therapeutic dose - a second line agent such as sympatholytic (e.g. beta-blockade, central agent such as clonidine) or angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEi) / angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) or calcium channel blocker (CCB). - third line agent including one of the above and/or direct vasodilator, such as hydralazine or minoxidil. Exclusion criteria: - Congestive Heart Failure (any NYHA class) - Ejection Fraction < 50% - Known renal artery stenosis - Myocardial infarction within 3 months of screening - Unstable angina within 14 days of screening, or any evidence of myocardial ischemia - Moderate to severe pulmonary hypertension - Valvular stenosis, hypertrophic, restrictive or obstructive cardiomyopathy, constrictive pericarditis, primary pulmonary hypertension, or biopsy proven active myocarditis - Sustained ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation within 14 days of screening - Sustained Atrial Fibrillation - Second or third degree AV block without a permanent cardiac pacemaker - Cerebral vascular accident within 3 months of screening, or other evidence of significantly compromised central nervous system perfusion - Total bilirubin of > 1.5 mg/dL or aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) 1.5 times the upper limit of normal range - Renal insufficiency assessed by calculated GFR < 30 ml/min (Cockroft-Gault equation) - Serum sodium of < 125 mEq/dL or > 160 mEq/dL - Serum potassium of < 3.0 mEq/dL or > 5.5 mEq/dL - Women taking hormonal contraceptives - Pregnancy - Body mass index (BMI) > 35

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